Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ambassadors Message: Yield to Pedestrians

In perhaps their first large scale education of motorists, the Bicycle Ambassadors along with BCGP Staff held up yield to pedestrian signs at the crosswalk where a father and son were critically injured when they were struck by a motorist.

Join the Bicycle Ambassadors this week as we educate motorists about the need to slow down and yield to pedestrians at the crosswalk. Come and hold a sign:
Tomorrow (Wed.) and Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 am.

This morning's event also resulted in several news stories:

Bicycle Coalition calls for action on MLK following last week's crash - Philadelphia Citypaper

Bicyclists Promote Safety On MLK Drive - CBS 3

Bicycle Advocates Campaign Against Unsafe Drivers on MLK Drive - KYW

Bike Group Pushes Safety
-Fox News

Martin Luther King Drive Road Diet

The Bicycle Coalition's proposal to reduce the travel lanes on MLK Drive, BCGP found that the average speed along this stretch of road upstream from the Fish Ladder to be 50mph; 15 mph over the speed limit.

If you haven't already please send an email correspondence to Mayor Nutter to make MLK Drive safer for all users. More than 200 concerned citizens have done so already, but we need many more to make a serious impact.